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The Fight for $15 Gains Steam

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Stephanie Mansfield | Transportation Intermediaries Association Fans of the union-backed “Fight for $15” won a significant victory on October 1, 2018 when Amazon announced it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour for approximately 350,000 of its employees. The boost will give the already disruptive trillion-dollar retailing giant an edge over rivals such as Walmart and Target in ...

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Member Spotlight: Russell Leo

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PRESIDENT & CEO, TRANSPORTATION GROUP, RLS LOGISTICS Russell Leo, CTB, has worked and/or owned RLS Logistics for more than 25 years. While earning his BS in Business Administration from Monmouth University, he worked in every department throughout the company to gain a thorough knowledge of the business. After graduating in 1996, he was named Vice President, Transportation Group. In 2000, he was ...

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The 3PL Battle for the Future

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FOUR PRACTICAL WAYS THIRD-PARTY LOGISTICS PROVIDERS CAN FOOLPROOF THEIR BUSINESS Scott McDevitt | Propel Software Solutions “Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you are a part of the road,” said author Stewart Brand. The logistics industry, in particular, has seen this play out over the past few years with an influx of ...

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2019 Forecast for Less than Truckload

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Dave Cox | Polaris Transportation Group As shippers and transportation providers look ahead to the Less than Truckload (LTL) market in 2019, it is important to reflect on some of the key business shifts that occurred in the past 12 months to understand how the shipping environment is likely to present itself in 2019. In 2018, the rate of change ...

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2019: What to Expect


Noël Perry | Transport Futures In the fall of 2017 we looked at 2018 as a time when upside exposure dominated. The economy seemed to be strengthening, along with freight growth. Would that continue in the coming year? The spot market was sending very strong indicators for capacity tightening and rising prices. Would the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate accelerate ...

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Load Booking Automation: Winners Are Digitizing


Russell Jones | Cargo Chief Information Leads to Satisfied Customers In the history of mankind, the right information makes the difference between success and failure: finding water, where to farm, how to lay a railway, how to build a fighter jet. For today’s freight brokerages, knowing which trucking carriers do a good job and have availability for a certain lane ...

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Best Practices for Preventing Email Cyberthreats

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PART III IN A THREE-PART SERIES FOCUSED ON CYBERSECURITY Chuck Cook | RenovoData Two articles in recent issues of 3PL Perspectives outlined the challenges posed by email phishing attacks. The first described the most prevalent types of threats and the second explained how to identify them. This article illustrates the best practices for protecting 3PLs and trucking companies from those attacks. ...

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A Brief History of TIA

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Stephanie Mansfield | Transportation Intermediaries Association The year was 1978. A gallon of gas was 63 cents. Pet Rocks were all the rage, postage stamps were 15 cents and a movie ticket would set you back a mere $2.30 apiece. It was also the year the Transportation Intermediaries Association was born. Originally known as TBCA (Trans-portation Brokers Conference of America), ...

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Ethics Has Always Been a Cornerstone of TIA

Robert Voltmann President & CEO Transportation Intermediaries Association One of the hallmarks of being a TIA member is your commitment to ethics. TIA has one of the only codes of ethics in the transportation industry. It means that the TIA logo is earned, never given. Occasionally, however, disputes arise – that’s why we have an Ethics Committee. An article in ...

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Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

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WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE FIND SMARTPHONE USE DURING MEETINGS INAPPROPRIATE? Dr. Travis Bradberry New research from USC’s Marshall School of Business explains what your colleagues are thinking when you use your phone during a meeting and why this practice might keep you from getting a promotion. You are annoying your boss and colleagues any time you take your phone ...

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